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  •  I'm thinking more along the lines of how corps (1+ / 0-)
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    Dustin Mineau

    arose, how they became immortal, etc.

    •  Do you mean generally as a trend? Then look to the (0+ / 0-)

      history of the railroad industry in the 19th century. Any good American History book will do. Howard Zinn's History of the American People is a good place to start. There are a number of good books about the Robber Barons. Including a few that are titled The Robber Barons.

      I do not trust Wikipedia as a completely trustworthy source but a search for Robber Barons should give you a start. Also any biography of IBM will give you good insight as IBM started in the mid 19th century.

      The idea of the corporation started in early 19th century Britain. It was a way to keep investors who lost everything on a risky investment out of debtors jail. The legal risk of losses was shifted from the individual investors to the corporation. That way your losses were limited to only what you invested in the corporation.

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